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India will go for win in A'bad: Chappell

Chappell, however, hinted that the recalled opener Wasim Jaffer may not be selected in the playing 11.

india Updated: Dec 17, 2005 20:03 IST

Indian cricket coach Greg Chappell on Saturday said the team would not sit on the 1-0 lead, but would go out to try and win the third and final Test against Sri Lanka beginning at the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera here from Sunday.

Speaking to media persons after the team's practice session here, Chappell said the Motera wicket looks like it has runs on it, "but make no mistake it will be a battle of wits out there in the middle once the game starts."

He sounded optimistic about ailing captain Rahul Dravid's chances of making the playing 11 on Sunday.

"I have spoken to him and he sounded much better today, Chappell said, adding "We are still hopeful that he would recover in time for the match."

Dravid has been down with gastroenteritis and hospitalised.

The Australian batting legend was happy the way the Indian batsmen tackled ace Lankan spinner Mutthiah Muralitharan in the second innings of the Delhi Test, which the hosts won by 188 runs.

"We played him well in the second innings because we were much more positive against him than we were in the first innings when we collapsed against him."

Chappell hinted that the recalled opener Wasim Jaffer may not be selected in the playing 11. "Though we have not yet decided on the final 11 and would be doing so tomorrow morning in consultation with the selectors, I have no doubt that it would not take a long time to make up the mind for Gambhir.

He has had a few bad matches, but every batsman worth his salt goes through a lean match at one time or the other. Gambhir has scored centuries in Test as well as one-dayers and this lean patch would give him an opportunity to iron out his flaws and get back his form."

Chappell had a special word of praise for Anil Kumble, who will be playing his 100th Test on Sunday, saying the champion leg spinner is one of the greatest bowlers in the game.

"A terrific fighter who, with his control, persistence and consistency, has showed the world what a great bowler he has been and still is," the ciach said.

First Published: Dec 17, 2005 17:37 IST